2nd National Conference on Mental Health Aspects
of People Affected by Family Separation
Held at Parks centre for Mental Health Research
traumatic effects of separation of children from their indigenous families and communities on the Stolen Generation.
Bringing Them Home
of SA Inc.
indigenous experience since colonization has been clouded by various government policies and acts which brought about acts
of dispossession, disintegration of the individual, the family, the community and the culture. These acts and policies often
led to indigenous people experiencing various atrocities including genocide, murder, rape and numerous forms of abuse. The
most recent of these acts brought about a generation of indigenous people being removed from their families as children. These
children became known as the Stolen Generation. These children
were placed either in foster families, church run missions or in various government institutions.
effects of the experiences of the Stolen Generation have left them dislocated and alienated. The National Strategic
Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being highlights significantly
higher rates of mental disorders. To date, however, little has been done to address increasing rates of mental health issues
for this community. The prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Reaction within the community is likely
to be en masse. Mental health practices currently seem to reinforce the tendency to pathologize the effects of the
Stolen Generation experience.
aim of this workshop would firstly highlight the traumatic effects of separation from family and community by looking at the
effects on mental health and social and emotional well being. Secondly, it will seek to bring about ways of understanding
and “normalizing” the effects of their experiences.
of this paper is a powerpoint presentation and can be viewed